The Crockett Bulldogs will have one new district football opponent for the 2016 and 2017 seasons under the UIL district alignments announced Monday morning.
Crockett will compete in District 10-3A, which retains five of the six teams in the current district (11-3A). The Bulldogs' opponents will include Corrigan-Camden, Garrison, Hemphill, Newton and newcomer Frankston, which replaces Deweyville.
Deweyville dropped to Class 2A Division 1 and was assigned to a district with Lovelady, Centerville, Groveton, West Sabine and West Hardin.
"Our district didn't change much, but the region is going to be much tougher with the addition of the district that includes Waskom, Elysian Fields, Arp, West Rusk and Troup. They all have good football programs. They're in District 9-3A, and that's who we'd face in bi-district," pointed out Crockett AD/Head Football Coach Jimmy Thompson.
Four of the five non-district games for next season have been scheduled.
After kicking off the season against Trinity, the Bulldogs will face Diboll, Rusk and Madisonville. The final non-district game has not been scheduled.
In preseason, the Bulldogs will scrimmage Elkhart and Woodville.
Crockett's district hoops lineup for 2016-17 will have a different look with three new opponents joining four from the current district.
The new District 21-3A will include Crockett, Trinity, Onalaska, New Waverly, Anderson-Shiro, Coldspring-Oakhurst and Hempstead.
Anderson-Shiro was in Crockett's district several years ago but has competed in Class 2A the past two years.
Coldspring-Oakhurst is dropping from Class 4A and Hempstead is moving from another 3A district. "Coldspring and Hempstead both have good basketball programs," said Coach Thompson.
Four schools now in Crockett's district—Leon, Buffalo, Westwood and Elkhart—are moving to another 3A district.
The Lions will face two new district football rivals the next two seasons in District 12-2A Division 1.
Lovelady's district includes current members Centerville, Groveton, Saratoga West Hardin and two newcomers-- Deweyville and Pineland West Sabine.
Deweyville dropped from Class 3A D2 and was in Crockett's district the past two years.
West Sabine is moving from District 10-2A D1, where they finished fourth last season.
Lovelady's previous district also included Anderson-Shiro and Hull-Daisetta. Anderson is moving up to Class 3A D2 and Hull is dropping to 2A D2.
The Sandies will make the move down to Class 2A Division 2 starting next season and will join District 11-2A D2.
Grapeland's new district rivals will include Tenaha, Timpson, Overton, Mt. Enterprise and Wortham.
Tenaha won the district title last year and reached the state quarterfinals.
Timpson, which finished third in the district, will be coached by former Lovelady coach Kerry Therwhanger.
District newcomer Wortham is moving from another Class 2A D2 district.
Two current members of the district-- Maud and Fruitvale-- are leaving. Maud, last season's runnerup, will move to another 2A D2 district and Fruitvale is headed down to Class 1A.